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Know God in a Year #40 Expectations and Boundaries

06/25/2020

Jesus’ boundary for his mother, “This is not my concern, nor my time,” were about her expectation, not her request. Everyone expected the Messiah to set up his kingdom then. His words address this expectation–it is not time to be king. They don’t understand that first Jesus has to show the universe God’s love, and […]

Know God in a Year #36 Not What They Wanted

06/21/2020

While Jesus is gone to the wilderness, John is drawn back to study the prophecies in Isaiah. His own words “Lamb of God” had surprised him, and had put new meaning on Messiah’s work, and while he still doesn’t understand that the Christ’s suffering ministry precedes a later conquering one, he knows there is more […]

Know God in a Year #35 Satan Offers an Easy Way

06/18/2020

Satan now shows his true identity. He admits that he is that banished angel–only he calls himself the god of this world–and somehow makes the world pass before Jesus in beauty. (21st century technology?) “Rule and authority have been given to me,” he says, “and I can give it to whomever I please. All you […]

Know God in a Year #29 Jesus’ Baptism

06/10/2020

Jesus is 30 and still working in what had been Joseph’s carpenter shop, when he hears it. Perhaps he is bent over a chair, repairing it, and a friend stops by, “Have you been to hear the baptist in the wilderness? Everyone is going.” Jesus feels his heart jump as He recognizes the signal. John […]

Know God in a Year #26 The First Sign–A Mute Priest

06/07/2020

Jesus’ forerunner was his cousin John, known as the Baptist because he brought the symbol of cleansing from Mikveh to river baptism, to show the people that a change of heart was needed. Remember? He was born to Mary’s aunt, Elizabeth, and the priest Zacharias. His birth was considered miraculous. While not as old as […]

260 Love is Choice — Guest Post

04/29/2020

It was not His humanity nor His divinity, that made Him my atonement. My rescuer. It was His love. His choice. I am always His choice. His reckless love takes on the very greatest anguish to never be apart from me. To never have to let me go. In spite of my flaws, my weakness, […]

Know God in a Year #91 Real Faith

09/02/2019

A Roman Centurion approaches the Jewish elders. His servant has palsy and is dying. (Today’s Parkinson’s?) The officer loves his servant and begs the elders to ask Jesus to heal him, feeling unworthy to ask, he thinks they will know best how to approach their Messiah. Typically, Roman servants were property and treated cruelly. But this […]

Know God in a Year #225 Religion Becomes a Curse

03/05/2017

Outside Pilate’s hall a mob screams “Crucify him!” “Why? What evil has he done?” Pilate shouts above the roar. Then waiting for it to subside, asks, “Shall I crucify your king?” “We have no king but Caesar!” a priest yells back, and the cry is picked up by the others. Israel’s leaders withdraw their nation […]

Know God in a Year #216 An Oath Turns Backwards

02/20/2017

The Jews wanted their Messiah to control and overwhelm their enemies with power and glory… Jesus knew what they wanted, and his biggest temptation was to give it to them by laying out his cruel tormentors in a flash of divine power. To be surrounded by people under the control of Satan was revolting to him. […]

Know God in a Year #211 The Last Contest Begins

02/13/2017

Jesus feels his Father’s presence fading. Satan is there to suggest that the separation will last forever. From now on you will be identified with my kingdom, never again one with your Father, he whispers. And for what? These people don’t appreciate you anyway. They don’t even understand you. They will fight wars and kill […]